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The Twisted Muse: Musicians and Their Music in the Third Reich

Michael H. Kater

Abstract

Is music removed from politics? To what ends, beneficent or malevolent, can music and musicians be put? In short, when human rights are grossly abused and politics turned to fascist demagoguery, can art and artists be innocent? These questions and their implications are explored in this broad survey of musicians and the music they composed and performed during the Third Reich. Great and small — from Valentin Grimm, a struggling clarinetist, to Richard Strauss, renowned composer — are examined, sometimes in intimate detail, and the lives and decisions of Nazi Germany's professional musicians ar ... More

Keywords: human rights, Third Reich, Valentin Grimm, Richard Strauss, Nazi regime, German music, totalitarianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780195096200
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195096200.001.0001

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Michael H. Kater, author
York University
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